January 28, 2011
Dr. Philip Zimbardo, a member of the Dr. Phil advisory board, is professor emeritus at Stanford University and the author of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil. He has performed some of the most groundbreaking experiments in the history of psychology.
On the last show, Dr. Zimbardo performed experiments with the Dr. Phil audience, examining blind obedience to authority. Catch up on what you missed in Part 1!
Obedience to Authority
Dr. Zimbardo’s audience experiments showed how easily many people blindly obey another person just because they look like an authority figure. Do the experiments generate the same results in other countries? See what happened in London, England, when a man in a uniform asks passersby to do strange things! Plus, will the taser experiment generate different results in the U.K.?
“Are we that vulnerable to a uniform?”
Follow the Leader
In another experiment, teen girls are put into a competitive situation where they think they’re fighting for a spot on a TV panel of hip, cool teens. How easily will the girls follow a bully just to fit in?
Turning His Life Around
Dr. Zimbardo says people who’ve done bad things can turn their lives around. Chirs, a former Crips gang member, speaks out about gang prevention and finding the courage to choose his own path. Plus, learn about Dr. Zimbardo’s Heroic Imagination Project that teaches participants how to become an everyday hero.
The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil
by Philip Zimbardo